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with building central government capacity, which is one of the objectives of the united states and its partners. it may be portant for security gains in the short run, but it poses a long term issue. >> it sounds similar to the approach general petrais employed in iraq. is it similar or different? >> it's very different. the tribes came to the united states and asked for our help in dealing with al qaeda, which was in their midst. al qaeda were outsiders in iraq, and governing in certain parts of the anbar province. the locals didn't like that, and they wanted u.s. help in getting rid of al qaeda. they came to the united states and the united states responded to help them. in afghanistan, it's not so clear that the initiative is coming from the local communities. it seems much more driven by the international community to address the security situation, and that means that the dynamics are going to be very different than what they were in iraq. >> in terms of the obstacles to the approach in afghanistan, what would you say the main ones are, that did not exist in iraq? >> the main one is that i
in the united states, i have to be honest with you. i love the united states, i admire the united states. >> rose: and you're heavily invested here. >> yes, the united states is the leader of the world. it's going to be the leader of the world for many years to come. forget china's going to come out you're down. >> rose: that means? >> when you have a country has $14 trillion of cumulative debt and its g.d.p. around $14 million and both competing, that's not good. >> rose: debt or g.d.p.? >> yes. and when you have a budget deaf sit of a trillion dollars going for the foreseeable fueler, it's unacceptable. when you have economic vices that hit you badly and it was contagious, things are not we were there but you can get out of it. >> rose: prince alwaleed bin talal for the hour next. ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: princeal alwaleed bin talal is here. he's chairman of the kickdom investment company. "forbes" ranks him as one of the world's 25 most wealthiest people. "time" magazine
. the key role of the united states for better or worse in haiti's recent history. >> reporter: unlike the earthquake that's focused international attention on it once again, haiti's fate has not been inevitable. once the richest colony in the americas, a slave revolt against the french occupation occurred, haiti was established as the first black republic. under threat of invasion, the country agreed to compensate france for loss of property. a debt that took 120 years to repay. and launched a cycle of debt, dependence and instability. after almost three decades of dictatorship, former catholic priest jean bertrand aristide was elected. just nine months later, he was ousted in a military coop. death squads rampaged through the country. terrorizing aristide supporters. in 1994, then president bill clinton and a fleet of u.s. marines, backed aristide's return to power, but not before he agreed to a program of economic adjustment, monitored by the international monetary fund and world bank, marked by downsizing, privatization and deregulation. tariffs on foreign rights for example, were
at a still unfolding economic disaster. the united states goes after al qaeda in yemen. we will talk about it on our roundtable tonight. and who says the news business is dead? in taiwan, they're drawing new viewers by animating it all. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts from around the world, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by rosalind p. walter and the peter g. peterson foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening. welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new york. we begin tonight with the global economy and news of the key economic barometer, unemployment. in this country, the government said today it held steady at 10% last month as moyers cut 85,000 jobs which was more than expected. the news was disappointing in europe. in the 16 countries that used the euro as their currency, the jobless wrought was also 10%. in this case, for the month of november, up from 9.9% in octob
interference even as the united states reportedly is more deeply involved than ever in secret military missions there. >>> united states and russia move closer to a new deal to reduce nuclear arm. has president obama succeeded in the resetting relations with moscow? >>> on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the auschwitz nazi death camp, we will show you how survivors are coping all these years later. >>> and the smash hit "avatar" makes its way to china. it's that or a new film about the life of confucius. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts from around the globe, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by rosalind p. walter and the peter g. peterson foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening. i'm daljit dhaliwal in new york. we begin tonight with the issue of terrorism and the escalating battle against it in yemen. shortly after the attempted bombing of the u.s. jetliner on christmas day,
concern for the united states. and then it seems to falter for a number of reasons. it appears that progress is made but then when it goes back to iran, the deal that was worked out falls apart. was this planned on the part of the iranian government? or was this truly just some sort of miscommunication by those who were in geneva and said, yes, we can do this, and it gets back to tehran, it doesn't work. >> yeah, i don't think i would bury that proposal. it's still ongoing. the suggestion -- >> you think this is still open? >> still open. initially, iran actually accepted the u.n./u.s. proposal, which was enrichment would be taking place in russia, in france. then they backed away from that. but -- >> just to remind people, this is so that the nuclear material, in theory, would not be then able to be used in some sort of weapon. >> right. it would be enriched abroad and then given to iran in limited amounts for medical purposes. and iran originally accepted that. then when it went to tehran, there was obviously, behind closed doors, division. they rejected that. >> are we suppo
and the united states. in fact, many of the country's use proportional representation, public financing of campaigns. >> we might back up and explain proportional representation. it is not well understood in america at all. >> it is not. the quickest explanation is it produces multi-party democracy. >> some time to many parties like in italy -- not in ireland, that is proportional, but it actually has three. >> you can fine-tune your democracy by setting what you call a victory threshold. how many parties. in the unites the states with a system that is democrat or republican in many districts and most districts are so non- competitive we can tell you who will wind. >> in short hand, first past the post. >> winner-take-all. >> it has worked very well in the uk. periodically the labour party says it will go to proportional representation and then they realized they may lose some of the viability and backs off it. there are a lot of use of europe and america that it is old, that it is bureaucratic beyond belief, that it is overtaxed, that people don't work hard enough, that it is not compe
income of the united states. what's the best gauge of the economy may well be what you'll see on the ground. in beijing, the financial crisis has been a story they've read in the papers. people worried earlier this year, there are a lot of signs that at least in this corner, things are okay. it builds confidence, especially when so many other countries are suffering from a recession. but the government says 8% is the minimum needed to keep this economy going. there's a belief that the most terrible times are over, which means the targets set for 2010 may well be even higher. melissa khan al jazeera, beijing. >>> a few other economic items tonight. the u.s. labor department indicated the number ofuv americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by an unexpected 36,000 last month to 482,000. in europe, lloyd's banking group said it will cut another 585 jobs next year, on top of the already 15,000 reported job cuts last year. general motors said today it will cut more than 8,300 more jobs across europe in its opal subsidiary. gm will close this opal factory u 2600 workers.
you have to speak to it? >> oh, sure, yes, i do. gularly. here in the united states, in europe and in the middle east. that assertion is based on the assumption that the united states cannot at the same time be totally committed to israel's security-- which we are-- and be totally committed to the creation of the palestinian state-- which we are. and i believe that those are not mutually exclusive. to the contrary, that i believe they are mutually reinforcing. it will help israel get security for its people if the palestinians have a state and this issue is over. >> rose: george mitchell for the hour. next. if you've had a coke in the last 20 years, ( screams ) you've had a hand in giving college scholarships... and support to thousands of our nation's... most promising students. ♪ ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: george mitchell is here. he is president obama's special envoy to the middle east, the former maine senator and majority leader has a proven record of brokerin
to the united states. meanwhile in yemen, several other countries restricted public access to their embassies today joining the united states and britain. in tonight's lead focus, we have more on the situation in yemen from our german partner. >> reporter: cement barriers block access to the u.s. embassy which has been closed indefinitely. u.s. national security adviser john brennan said the closure was a response to threats from al qaeda. >> i looked at the intelligence that's available as far as the plans for al qaeda to carry out attacks, possibly against our embassy, possibly against u.s. personnel. decided it was the prudent thing to do to shut the embassy but we're working very closely with the yemeni authority to address the threat that's out there. it just demonstrates that al qaeda is determined to carry out these attacks and we're determined to thwart those attacks. >> reporter: yemen is one of the poorest and most politically unstable coue middle east. in recent years, it has become a breeding ground for terrorists. u.s. officials believe they were behind the failed attempt to brin
are running rampant. not only are they running rampant in the united states, but we have been exporting this model of free-market fundamentalism around the world. we exported it to haiti, for example. people should remember that he was a disaster before the earthquake, because, in part, the united states government imposed this free market on the island despite the will of the people, resulting in fairly dire time before the earthquake. tavis: alan greenspan is part of the reason that we were in the mess that we were in, having to do with aack of due diligence. he has addressed that. i raise that, because the man that now has that seat, ben beanke, who we saw weeks ago, he was the man of the year in " time magazine." i have my own thoughts about that, but share for me what it means when an esteemed institution like "time magazine" says that this guy, who was around when all of this deregulation happened, this is the man that deserves to be the man of the year. what statement does that make where your work is concerned? >> it shows a we are deeply in the nile about the deeper problems re
for resources for decades. we've seen especially last decade, countries like china, the united states, of course, other countries around the world coming to latin america for all sorts of resources. lithium is a big one but we see soy, iron ore, copper, a basket for the rest of the world. >> is that a concern for the united states? if we see japan and especially if we see china coming to south america, are we not there or where we should be, perhaps? >> it is an zero sum game. we trade with china as well. we're not competing for a lot of these resources. in the end, what the demand, is everything from iron ore to chicken parts to soy really helps grow these economies as well. the issue is that a lot of the chinese companies are there just to extract resources. these are the most exploitative industries that many people denounced.they were there extra resources in latin america before. >>> it is more of a concern for the south american countries themselves than it is say for the united states they engage in the most abusive labor practices, very little environmental controls. so that is part of t
in the united states. >> we would never get a pass, not in today's politics. >> then we will have to come face-to-face with u.s. and american limitation, something that is not part of the whole psyche of the united states. >> of mcmansions and mcdonald's. >> i have heard some criticism of china not giving very much money for haitian relief, and i wonder what would happen if china actually decided to give a lot more in terms of manpower and money. would we then say we have got the chinese at our doorstep? >> very, very good point. the way that the chinese have -- many countries have been pretty well handled in africa by china. >> do we want the chinese so close to cuba, cso close to venezuela, that so many americans would think that china is too close to us? >> americans do not like to be number two or number 3 when it comes to anything -- a, proximity to power in the oilfields. i think that you are right that you would find there would be more of a rallying cry to come and make sure haiti is taking care of. >> lauren, isn't it the case that we do not like to be number two, but in many ways we
.org. >>> in yemen where the plot was planned, the united states has reopened its embassy after it was closed for two days because of security concerns. u.s. officials say successful counter terrorism operations by yemen had allowed them to resume operations. however, yemen's interior ministry issued its own statement, saying that the security situation in the capital had always been under control. and yemeni security officials say the government has sent thousands of troops to take part in a campaign against al qaeda in three provinces in recent days. as we have seen, the united states has been emphasizing an increasingly cooperative relationship with yemen in the last few days. underscored by comments over the weekend by president obama and a visit to yemen by general david petraeus. the commander of u.s. forces in the region. however, the "washington post" reports today that senior yemeni officials are playing down the partnership, fearing that the government could pay a heavy political price for aligning itself with the united states and appearing too weak to control al qaeda by itself. the artic
of afghanistan and of pakistan and of course to its own job creation in the united states. >> let's take a look at things more broadly. here ware one year into president obama's term. can you tell us a littleit, what's happening in afghanistan militarily? what is going on on the ground? >> nothing. >> nothing? we're about to have a huge troop surge there though. >> i would arguehat we are stuck between two extremes. for the last eight years, we were seeing falsely in my view, that we are doing a nation building. no one can do nation building. yes, maybe state building in some ways, and now we are saying no, it will only be -- for some time they were saying there will only be a military option. president obama took a long time. we can defend that, that he took a long time to review but we cannot define inaction. this is the time to implement that policy. state building to some extent, accepting the realities involving the original powers, unless we involve the original countries. and i see some hope that there have been many political leaders and military leaders going to pakistan, hopefully in
him into the united states and britain. so this is the kind of threat where it's maybe an individual now rather than in one particular cell that al qaeda can utilize in this type of aircraft attack. >> there's still a lot of unfinished work today-to-do for the obama administration in reforming the way intelligence is shared inside the u.s. bureaucracy for looking at the problem of signal to noise in the system, wrefb information is shared, how do you distinguish reliable and important information from false reporting and misleading reporting. there's... anyone who works in the system who deals with threat reporting testifies that there is an enormous amount of noise in the system. and even if you share the noise, that doesn't actually create the clarity you need to act against real threats. >> yemen is a country's in great chaos at the moment. there's a civil war in the north draining off a lot of military resources at the moment. there's a separate insurgency which is increasingly violent in the south. the government is running out of money as it loses oil exports and so i think wha
on iran might precipitate a wider third war for the united states in the greater middle eastnd we couldn't afford that. we thought the smartest strategy was to build up sanctions, sport for sanctions against iran and we'll see that, i think, play out in real life over the next couple of months. we wanted to shine a bright light and a stronger light on the human-rights abuses of the iranian government. we wanted to draw a military cordon around iran to contain it and the united states, i think, is in a good position to do that. and we wanted to play for the long-term because we wanted... we didn't want to do anything that would movement in iran and we thought the early use of force might effectively kill that opposition movement. and so in playing for the long term, we assume that there is some kind of solution here short of the use of u.s. military force. that is the hand we played that happens to be my own view as well. >> rose: all right. let me go to gary, the iranian hand. which has been influenced, obviously, by the political turmoil after the election. was that factored in or did t
resistence did you run into trying to accomplish it? >> well, charlie, we felt that the united states was actually in better shape now than it was a year ago. president obama, we felt, had done more to advance the agenda because he has essentially put the iranians on the defenve. and the iranians are more isolated now than they were when president obama was negotiating. so we were playing for the long term in the simulated game. the american team that i lead was trying to position all of our friends and partners to put greater pressure on the iranians. we wanted very much to avoid an early israeli use of force because while we are very sympathetic, of course, to the israeli predictment, we felt that an israeli attack on iran might precipitate a wider third war for the united states in the greater middle east and we couldn't afford that. we thought the smartest strategy was to build up sanctions, sport for sanctions against iran and we'll see that, i think, play out in real life over the next couple of months. we wanted to shine a bright light and a stronger light on the human-rights a
and bush outside the oval office where they pledged that the united states would help to rebuild haiti. >> it will be difficult. it is an enormous challenge to distribute the aid safely and quickly in a place that has suffered such destruction. >> i know a lot of people want to send blankets or water, just send your cash. one thing the president and i will do is make sure the money is spent wisely. >> what these men have said is true. it is still one of the most remarkable in the places i have ever been. they can escape their history and build a better future if we do our part. >> the united nations said the haiti disaster is the worst it has ever confronted. it is estimated that 200,000 people died with 2 million homeless. hundreds of thousands of people are still waiting for the aid to reach them. logistical problems and violence hindered the efforts. this report from port-au-prince contains a distressing images. >> this is port-au-prince from the air. you can see how these size and importance of the building was its curse. this was the supreme court. this was the presidential palace
of us in the united states, we should just imagine something like katrina happening to the capital of the united states. god forbid. but it is this chaos. already this is the country, haiti, struggling to reach certain levels of development. that is why the united nations stabilization mission has been there. so it's a challenge already. they have suffered four hurricanes over the past few months. so to have this on top of everything, it's a shock to the system. they need all the help they can get right now. >> only a short time left. but i'm wondering, are you worried about other cities outside of the capital? >> yeah, i think leogane is a ty that we believe is 80% to 90% damaged. 40,000 population. further south to port-au-prince, jacmel. so, yes. the focus should not be on the capital city alone, we should think about other parts of the country. that is very, very important. >> thank you very much. >> my pleasure, martin. >>> of course, the destruction in haiti has been called one of the worst humanitarian crises in a generation. and it has generated extraordinary efforts to hel
on christmas day. we have 40 machines throughout the united states and in 2010 we will deploy 300 more of them. we may deploy more than that. >> enhanced security is one part of the answer but changes will have to be made with how the u.s. handles their intelligence. >> americans have grown used to the idea that the battle against al qaeda and the associates are taking place overseas. but what happened in this aiort was a reminder that as far as the enemy is concerned, america is also the frontline. this has raised difficult questions about how to battle this threat. >> the security agencies have now completed a review into what went wrong. > at this stage in the process it appears that this was not the fault of a single individual or organization, but a systemic failure across the different organizations and agencies. >> he was on the watch list and even his father had warned the officials that the sun was becoming more radical. today he will be driven through this note to this court room. some of those who were on the flight will also be there, to look at the man accused of trying to bring d
is important, that is the new world we are operating in. the united states is not in decline, it's a relative decline compared to the others. there's no longer a role. or a dominant superpower, like the u.s. has been, with no questions asked. everybody asks questions, everybody now has a place at the table, we have to get used to it. >> how can you say we're not in a state of decline? don't you think it really wasn't so much the rise of the rest, we sank so low, everybody else seems higher. >> well, i think the last decade has been tough for america. but this shift is inevitable. these countries are growing middle classes, they all want to have homes, cars, and flat screen televisions too. it's naterica will decline economically, but i think politically, america is still the convening power that these countries don't have. there's no beijing consensus yet that's replacing the washington consensus. >> i think we have to look at 2009, the decade, we all want this year to be over. we agree on that. although we're dealing with major trends which go over a decade or more, it was 2009 that we were
full time members of my staff. some in lonn, some in the united states. we used our proper names, told our back grounds. the people we met with, counter parties on the russian side used phony names. one was stations in seattle, silicon valley, one in washington. so, the game that got played is to thwart anything we would do. this is the group we had to work with. there we are looking in the open source trying to gain the cooperation from these other people, where we got absolutely nowhere. they played with us. but what did work is a lot of people came forward with information. some accurate, some inaccurate. so you have to parse through it. >> charlie: what was the most interesting information that came forward? >> the single most intriguing were a series of commodity related businesses that traded off getting commodities out of russia. things like a moa pneumonia, fertilizer. these were basic money laundering operations for them. they operated all over the world. when these things happen some of it always sticks to of the people responsible for distributing it. it doesn't all go to th
reform for the financial sector in the united states and around the world also stimulated sessions, president obama sent one of his top economic advisors larry summers, chairman of the council of economic advisors, the office that coordinates economic policy for the president. he previously served as treasury secretary dure the clinton administration as well as president of harvard university. i interviewed him early this evening at the conference center but before we show you that interview, president obama met house republicans today in baltimore. he did an interesting exchange with them and here is a look at some of the dialogue. >> if you were to listen to the debate, and frankly how some of you went after this bill, you would think that this thing was some bolshevik plot. i means that's how you guys... that's how you guys presented it. and so i am thinkg to myself, well, how is it that a plan that is pretty centrist, look, i mean, i'm just saying, i know you guys digree. but if you look at the facts of the bill, most independent observers would say this is actually what many r
or asia to the united states, of course that should raise suspicions. but going after women with head scarves is ineffective. >> abernethy: so are you saying that you and other muslim leaders come down more on the side of individual freedom that you do on secuty? >> no, i think we have to have both. if you are going to stigmatize or isolate a population, that feeds into radicalization. part of the radicalization problem is when a community feels isolated, and when one person... and we're talking about now the concern over lone wolves or lone recruits, if that person feels desperate, depressed, then he becomes prey for extremist recruiters, and we should do anything and everything to help accelerate integration of muslims into american society. >> abernethy: after the christmas day near-disaster in the air near detroit, and some other recent events, too, do you sense a growing backlash against muslims in this country? >> there's a rise of the mob mentality. you read the comments on a number of stories, you get the emails, you get the phone calls. and i fee unfortunately, that the level
ministry said clinton's comments were harmful to relations with the united states and it urged the u.s. to respect facts and stop using so-called freedom of the internet to make unjustified accusations against china. that brings to us tonight's question. did hillary clinton do the right thing by publicly criticizing china for censoring google and other content on the web? you can tell us what you think by going to the "how you see it" section of our website. that's at worldfocus.org. >>> another story broke yesterday is getting attention today. we're talking about president obama's calls for new restrictions on the activities of big banks, including their ability to make risky bets in the financial markets with federally insured deposits. this is being followed closely in britain where there are similar calls. here is how it was covered last night by john sparks of our british partner itn. >> reporter: it came as a shock in the world's financial capitals today. obama wants to bust up the big u.s. banks. and he won't take no for an answer. >> if these folks want a fight, it is a fight
been slow and there has at times been considerable tension between the united states and israel. still a year later, mitchell said last night there had been movement toward a resumption of talks. >> there is, i believe, a strong feeling that the time has come for negotiations to begin. we're getting a lot of encouragement in that regard. >> mitchell says he will be going back to the region in the next few days. and secretary of state hillary clinton is to meet tomorrow with officials from jordan and egypt. if you listen to the israeli and palestinian leadership, the time is right to start talking again. both palestinian president mahmoud abbas and benjamin netanyahu met recently with the egyptian vice president hosni mubarak and both sounded optimistic afterwards. >> i just came from egypt, and i am encouraged by president mubarak for peace talks. i expect and hope to see such a readiness from the palestinian authority. it is time to move the pce process forward. >> we have no objection to negotiations or meetings in principle, and we are not setting any conditions. this issue must be
dispute this and warn of tooth decay, constipation and worse. the united states ambassador to haiti has taken a personal interest in lessening dependence on the cookies. >> i've actually taken members of congress down to cite soleil and they've seen it, too. >> what do they say when they see people eating rt? >> well, it's worrisome. it's very worrisome and we don't like to see it. >> since the u.n. arrived in haiti in 2006 as peacekeepers, nutrition has improved in pockets, but the dirt cookies are still being eaten. the widespread hunger means hundreds of kids starting another school day in cite soleil as the haitian flag is raised, will be reduced to eating dirt. this, despite international efforts. >> there is hope, by the way. there is hope. because despite the bleak picture, it is doable to lift haiti out of poverty. >> but even the most optimistic observers agree the future is bleak for ese kids without two elements long missing in haiti -- money and a stable government. reporting in cite soleil, haiti, this has been art schmidt for "worldfocus." >>> officials in yemen said today
-- mourning, and they are grieving for their son, now in detention in the united states. they are grieving for what he attempted to do -. but, in fact, the alleged bomber's father, seen here, did take serious steps to try to rein in his son, who he thought was being radicalized during a state in yemen. a nigean intelligence agency and the american embassy in nigeria was told by yemen about his concerns. surprisingly, neither seems to have taken his warnings seriously enough. the vast majority of well- meaning nigerians will be appalled, but under the new regulations, and their country comes under the same category as a failed state, such as somalia. there are some doing entirely legitimate business with the united states and the rest of the world, but welmeaning nigerians also note that the man who attempted to blow up that claim held and nigerian passport. there is a reaction to the united states. >> we feel that we do not deserve that. it is not representative of 115 million nigerians. he was not trained in nigeria. it was outside of this country. generally, nigerians do not have terrori
in the uk, germany and the united states. the allelectric vehicle has the backing of the german government as well as leading energy suppliers. the vehicles are leased to the drivers and, at the end of the year, bmw will take them back, dismantle them to learn how they handled in the real world. the big german carmakers are also working on hybrid vehicles which are much more popular in the united states. >>polleit: i think that people have understood the selling argument of having cars which are environmentally friendly, so sooner or later, the market will bring about these reforms and again, great progress has been made and i think there will be further prress down the road. >>pieper: theyve been forced to believe in it...theres no...theres not the motivation from these companies...theres no real belief in this as a future business ...i think they take they have to do it because e politicians, the consumers, the market. the environment demands it. >>reporter: at theecent frankfurt motor show, the german chancellor herself said that electric and hybrid carsare very much the future and said
the united states was involved in any way. ou correspondent is there. >> that is because the u.s. embassy has reopened, the crisis is not necessarily over. far from it. yemen has a lot of problems, apart from al-qaeda. there is a longstanding tribal war in the north of the country in which saudi are read -- saudi arabia has become involved. in the south, there's a shortage of water. oil is running out. the american and allied response to what has been going on here -- president obama has to work out whether what he does is going to make things better or worse. there are plenty of people, a diverse range of analysts, who would say a heavy-handed military response will push people further towards al-qaeda. coming up with the best policy prescription is now is going to be a real challenge. >> as we heard a little earlier, adding to president obama's acute concerns about security, the revelation of the suicide bomb that killed seven cia workers was a jordanian al-qaeda double agent. we've been following developments from the jordanian capital. >> the reaction is split between official and word on
into the united states face much tougher security measures. all travelers from 14 countries deemed a security risk can expect full body searches. this is one week after a failed attempt to blow up an american airliner. >> the extra security measures are targeted and highly visible. all passengers that fly from countries considered to pose a threat to the u.s. will be given full body pat downs, and ham luggage will be searched. four of those countries are on the list of sponsors of terrorism. three others are deemed to be of interest. they include cuba, nigeria, sudan, yemen, iran, syria, and pakistan. the white house has come under intense pressure to improve airport security in the wake of the failed bomb plot on christmas day. >> it is not that the system is broken, but there are ways to improve the system to make sure we can put together the various pieces of information in a way that allows us to stop every terrorist. >> the nigerian national boarded a plane bound for detroit. the explosives were allegedly sown into his underwear. they went undetected. there's no guarantee the new measures wou
you soon. joining me from washington is haiti's ambassador to the united states raymonalcide i'm happy to have you here. >> glad to be back. >> charlie: tell us what you know. >> what i know is what everybody else know except that i talked with some friends and people back home who add a few touches. we have in haiti today the greatest tragedy that the country has seen in years. and after they finish counting the dead and burying them, we'll start rebuilding, i hope. then we'll take years to heal. >> charlie: because of the loss of life. >> yes. >> charlie: there's some hope that this will bring attention to the world community will understand the struggle of haiti and perhaps there will be an outpouring but none of that can ca the pain of the loss of life. >> i think there's a silver lining what you say. that the world perhaps finally will start focusing on haiti, the country. the second independent country, the western hemisphere, second only to the united states of america, country that helped so many others, including the united states. and that helped south america to be delibe
is where do you send these them? if you send them the united states, dollar series of complicated legal questions that arise. how long can you hold them the united states? if you can't deport them someplace elsedo you have to release them the united states? that would be a horrible outcome. and i think one of the questions that is a legitimate question is what is the plan in terms ofall of the legal framework that applies if there comes a point that people come into the united states and have to be held there. so those are legitimate issues to discuss which, frankly, go somewhat beyond the particular elements of the december 25 plot. >> rose: with respect to the president'seer on terrorism and the president's definition, john brennan has the president's ear, he's the point person for this president in defining the war against terrorism? >> he is, it's one of the reasons the president has asked mr. brennan to conduct this review of what happened o christmas day. he has his u.s. most respect and loyalty and respect for his service so he without a doubt is a point person. it's why the pres
that change coming to america was not happening quickly enough. >> the president of the united states. >> he is the first african- american with such fanfare on state of the union night. 15 million americans out of work on my record budget deficit -- out of work, a record budget deficit. >> we do not give up. do we do not quit. >> almost everything he said came back to the economy, from credit to small businesses, funded by loans to wall street's, to infrastructure and clean energy projects, to the promise of new jobs. >> people are out of work and hurting. that is what jobs will be the number one focus of 2010 and that is why i'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight. but the president's signature initiatives, universal health care, is now on my support in congrs, lacking the votes to become more. -- is now on life support in congress, lacking the votes to become more. >> not now, not what we are so close. let's find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. >> foreign policy was almost a foot note, with renewed pledges to be out of iraq by the end of august, and to b
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